noun, plural ren·tiers [rahn-tyey] /rɑ̃ˈtyeɪ/. French.

a person who has a fixed income, as from lands or bonds. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • The one who has a perpetual income from bonds or rents is called a rentier.

  • But did you see in the paper that he was put down as rentier?

    Plays--First Series

    August Strindberg

  • My French friends wanted to talk of the "Psychology of the Rentier."

  • He gives himself the name of Piquouique, rentier, English; and he appeals to his Ambassador.

    Old Friends

    Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for rentier



  1. a person whose income consists primarily of fixed unearned amounts, such as rent or bond interest
  2. (as modifier)the rentier class

Word Origin for rentier

from rente; see rent 1
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Word Origin and History for rentier

1847, from French rentier, "holder of rental properties or investments that pay income," from rente "profit, income" (see rent (n.1)).

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